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LPS to offer Clareity app store to 250,000-plus subscribers

Mon, 07/08/2013 - 07:03
Clareity Security has partnered with Lender Processing Services to offer Clareity’s online marketplace for real estate apps and services to LPS’ 200 MLS and association customers, who provide services to more than 250,000 subscribers. The Clareity Store officially launched in ...

NAR ads urge would-be sellers to get off the fence

Fri, 07/05/2013 - 23:09
The National Association of Realtors is responding to inventory shortages in many markets by running radio ads encouraging people to sell their homes, Wisconsin’s News Radio 620 WTMJ reports. NAR’s nearly 1 million members each pay $35 a year for ...

Integrated RESPA, TILA disclosures coming this fall

Fri, 07/05/2013 - 22:41
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau expects to complete a rule integrating and streamlining federal mortgage disclosures. Borrowers currently get separate disclosures under the Truth in Lending Act (TILA) and Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA). “Pending the results of additional ...

Beazer Homes moving forward on developments in Phoenix and Laurel, Md.

Fri, 07/05/2013 - 22:25
Beazer Homes USA Inc. is laying groundwork for a new subdivision in south Phoenix after buying 177 partially finished lots for $9.5 million, the Phoenix Business Journal reports. Last week Beazer announced it had acquired a 220-home site in Laurel, ...

Luxury auctions catching on

Fri, 07/05/2013 - 22:14
A 40-acre Temecula, Calif., estate built by the late actor Jack Klugman will be auctioned July 27 using Premiere Estates Auction Co.’s “WorldBid Auction platform.” The company requires only a bidder registration form and a $100,000 cashier’s check to register ...

Nobody knows how healthy housing really is

Fri, 07/05/2013 - 19:18
Today’s sleepy, semiholiday dawn was interrupted by news of a surge in new jobs, up 195,000 in June plus 70,000 in upward revisions of prior months. Every bond big shot is at the beach, heard the news through hangover fog, ...

A new exit strategy for agents?

Fri, 07/05/2013 - 19:03
It’s the question that never goes away: How to attract top-producing agents who “stick” after their brokerages have invested time and money to help develop their careers? I’ve heard it repeatedly from brokers all over the country, and in this series of commentaries for Inman News, I’ve been making the case for disrupting the recruiting and retention status quo. It’s not salespeople that real estate needs, it’s business owners ...

‘Obamacare’ implementation moving forward with employer mandate on hold

Fri, 07/05/2013 - 18:50
This week the White House announced that it was delaying by one year implementation of the “Obamacare” employer mandate. The mandate will now go into effect on January 1, 2015 instead of 2014. This delay means nothing to the vast ...

Help buyers see the potential of modest homes

Fri, 07/05/2013 - 18:20
If you have worked long enough as a real estate agent to have sold a few houses, you have probably sold homes that are unusual or less than perfect. You know that there is a lot more to being a ...

With new look, Realty One Group prepared for national growth

Fri, 07/05/2013 - 17:14
Realty One Group has revamped its website and branding and launched new consumer mobile apps as it prepares for a nationwide expansion. The Henderson, Nev.-based firm’s refresh includes a new tagline — “Homes, Lives, Dreams” — and a simplified logo ...

Austin luxury market boosted by Lance Armstrong

Fri, 07/05/2013 - 16:34
Lance Armstrong’s been doing his part to generate more luxury home sales in the Austin, Texas, market this year, having been involved in three transactions in the last six months, the Daily Mail reports. Armstrong just sold a 12,553-square-foot Lake ...

Study: Most would rather live in a city’s north side

Fri, 07/05/2013 - 16:20
All things being equal, most people would rather live in the northern part of a city than the southern part, according to a study published in Social Psychological and Personality Science. People have a bias that northerly areas are better or ...

Houston real estate broker taken to task for alleged plagiarism

Fri, 07/05/2013 - 16:13
A Houston real estate broker who allegedly plagiarized content from a number of websites is the subject of a withering blog post by the Houston Press, which notes that much of the stolen content doesn’t reflect well on its supposed ...

Agent terminated after flurry of publicity over alleged ‘critter dumping’

Fri, 07/05/2013 - 15:50
A Realtor who was cited for harassment and disorderly conduct after she and her husband were allegedly caught on a surveillance camera tossing dead mice and snakes in their neighbor’s driveway and kicking over for-sale signs says she’s lost her ...

Positive jobs report raises odds of Fed pullback

Fri, 07/05/2013 - 14:26
The economy added more jobs in June than expected, making it unlikely that the Federal Reserve might delay plans to begin tapering its stimulus program later this year. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment increased by 195,000 nonpayroll jobs ...

Luxury vessels offer swanky homes at sea

Fri, 07/05/2013 - 13:08
Some well-heeled travelers have purchased units in luxury ocean liners and lived in them for months or years, The Wall Street Journal reported. Units on the vessel World have sold for between $700,000 and $10 million. There are plans for ...

Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty expands into Vail

Wed, 07/03/2013 - 23:27
Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty, which claims to be the market leader for luxury home sales in the metro Denver market, has opened a second office in Edwards, Colo., to serve the Vail Valley. The office will be headed by Dan ...

Introducing: 2013 Innovator Awards finalists

Wed, 07/03/2013 - 22:41
Inman News is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2013 Innovator Awards in eight categories, and the opening of voting for the “People’s Choice” Innovator Award. Winners chosen from the list of finalists below will be announced during the ...

Enjoy Real Estate Connect in San Francisco with Trulia

Wed, 07/03/2013 - 21:55
In just one week, real estate professionals from across the globe will be descending upon San Francisco to attend Real Estate Connect July 10-12! From CEOs to thought leaders to innovators of technology, the best and brightest will be here. ...

Realtors oppose western Massachusetts casino

Wed, 07/03/2013 - 19:51
Realtors who are opposed to a casino in Springfield or another community in western Massachusetts are citing a study by economists with the National Association of Realtors that estimated traffic noise and other disruptions would dent home values in whichever ...